Peshawar: At least 39 Taliban militants
were killed and 17 others injured on Thursday in air and ground
offensives by Pakistani security forces in the restive
northwestern Orakzai tribal region.
A clash between troops and Taliban in Sarki Khel area of
Orakzai left 24 militants dead and 11 injured, officials said.
Fifteen more militants were killed and six others injured
when helicopter gunships targeted militant positions in
Khadezai and Gundaki areas of the tribal region.
Three militant hideouts were destroyed in the air
strikes, the officials said.
The Pakistani military claims that it has killed over
1,000 militants during air and ground attacks in Orakzai in
recent months, though the figure cannot be independently
verified as journalists have no access to the region.